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Moving Beyond Medication to Find Healing

Chronic pain affects every aspect of our lives, and the journey to find relief can seem overwhelming.

Our mission is to provide all the proven options for healing in one place, with a whole team of
experts working alongside you to develop your own personalized healing plan.

How it Works

The Science and Methodology Behind Our Practice

Relief Retreats is a Functional Rehabilitation Program

Our entire focus is restoring your ability to function, so that you can reclaim your life from chronic pain.

Some pain may never totally go away, but we can control it so effectively that you will finally be able to fully participate in your life

Participants in these programs show dramatic improvements in sleep, mood, function, and pain, resulting in significantly enhanced quality of life

Participants will learn the safe, effective ways to embrace movement again without fear

Health care visits and medication use are significantly reduced - saving you money and time - while eliminating the unwanted side effects and risk of multiple medications

Learn to move towards real relief in a stunning natural setting

14 full days at Gray Bear Lodge - www.graybear.org

The entire lodge is reserved for our group, so everyone there is on the same page, together, in a safe and healing natural setting

Individual and group lodging options

Nutrition counseling, accommodation for dietary restrictions, organic ingredients from on-site farm

Warm water pool, hot tub, sauna, massage, myofascial release, acupuncture and beautiful yoga room

No wifi, television, or alcohol so you can fully focus on your healing

Golf cart available to assist as necessary around the grounds, but full disability access is not available

Personalized healing plans just for you

Individual and group therapies to help you find real relief

No more than 15 people per retreat, to ensure personalized care and small group sessions

Upon arrival, the entire team will do an in-depth personal health analysis, with assessments of your pain, sleep, mood, and mobility. We will repeat these analyses periodically over the next six months to show your progress.

A friend or family member who would like to support you on your journey is welcome to be present with you on the first and last days of the retreat, as well as during a family therapy session the first weekend.

Sample day:

  • Breakfast
  • Group mindfulness practice
  • Individual and group sessions/skills training with pain psychologist
  • Educational session on topics related to chronic pain, with plenty of time for questions and conversation
  • Lunch
  • Afternoons dedicated to both individual and group movement practices, with plenty of breaks to enjoy walks or relaxation at your leisure
  • Massage, pool, sauna, acupuncture sessions
  • Daily debriefing and group mindfulness practice to close our days
  • Dinner

There is a way forward beyond medications

Many medications commonly prescribed for chronic pain can be dangerous either alone or in combinations

No medications will be dispensed or prescribed while at the retreat, so you should bring your usual medications with you.

You do not have to make any medication changes while you are at the retreat; but if you would like, we can help you begin to safely and slowly titrate off opioids or other medications while you are there, under the direction of Dr. Jackson. Or you may choose to begin this process after you leave. Or not at all. We will give you the information you need to make an informed decision, then the choice is yours.

We won’t abandon you once the retreat is over. You will have 6 months of weekly web-based visits with a licensed pain coach who will continue to work with you to find healing at home.

Please contact us for more details

Cost is on a sliding scale and some scholarship support is available.

14 days, 13 nights of accommodation

Complete initial evaluation and regular one on one meetings with our team to determine individualized strategy for your functional rehabilitation

Longitudinal assessment of pain, mood, sleep, quality of life, and functionality using scientifically valid surveys

Regular individual and group psychological therapy (Educational classes, mindfulness, meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, music therapy, art therapy, family counseling)

Regular individual and group movement therapy (Physical therapy, occupational therapy, warm water aquatic therapy, yoga, even gardening or cooking if desired)

Massage and myofascial release, individualized body work, pool therapy, hot tub and sauna treatments

Nutritional counseling and 3 organic, home-cooked meals a day

Acupuncture for assistance in medication reduction, anxiety, insomnia, pain

6 months of weekly web-based online follow-up programming with www.takecouragecoaching.com

Meet the Founder

Learn about Dr. Tracy and her vision of founding Relief Retreats.

Watch TED Talk

Watch Dr. Tracy Jackson speak about the epidemic of chronic pain and what we can do to solve it.

About Dr. Tracy

Dr. Tracy Jackson completed medical training at the University of North Carolina, graduating summa cum laude. She then did a surgical internship and an anesthesiology residency at UNC as well, where she served as chief resident. After a brief stint doing anesthesia in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she decided that treating pain was her calling, and went to Stanford to complete a fellowship in chronic pain management. She took this newfound fascination for an evolving field and took a job at Vanderbilt University, where she is currently an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine. While there, she created and directed their pain fellowship training program and served as associate medical director of the outpatient pain clinics.

She also quickly learned that the epidemic that is the leading cause of accidental death in Tennessee and the United States isn’t an infectious disease – it is opioid overdose. And these opioids come mainly from doctors treating chronic pain. That started her on an odyssey of advocacy, leadership, research, and education to address this issue. She has co-authored guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health, is on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Pain Society, and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally about chronic pain syndromes and alternatives to ineffective opioid-centric management strategies. But it still isn’t enough.

It dawned on her there is a big picture problem with how we all think about chronic pain, and the health care systems in which we work and seek care are not set up to address it. So, her path took another detour to help figure it out. She went and got additional certification in medical acupuncture and yoga, and worked closely with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, to better understand and study “alternative” methods to deal with chronic pain. Now, from this unique vantage point of “East Meets West,” she is working to develop new functional rehabilitation programs going forward, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Instead of solely doing things to patients, like prescribing pills and performing procedures, these programs combine the best evidence and best providers from all approaches to work with people to help reduce medication use and improve pain, sleep, mood, and function…while reducing healthcare costs. Relief Retreats is that program.

She is also starting a non-profit organization, camPAIN.org, to provide scholarships for patients to attend functional rehabilitation programs nationwide; to advocate for insurers and hospitals to provide these services to everyone who needs them; to educate the public and health care providers about chronic pain and to further research on effective, non-opioid strategies for managing chronic pain, both here and abroad.

Dr. Tracy in the News

Meet Our Team

Meet the Relief Retreat Staff who will work with you each step of your Journey

Dr. Tracy Jackson - Relief Retreats

Tracy Jackson
Doctor
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Dr. Tracy Jackson completed medical training at the University of North Carolina, graduating summa cum laude. She then did a surgical internship and an anesthesiology residency at UNC as well, where she served as chief resident. After a brief stint doing anesthesia in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, she decided that treating pain was her calling, and went to Stanford to complete a fellowship in chronic pain management. She took this newfound fascination for an evolving field and took a job at Vanderbilt University, where she is currently an associate professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine. While there, she created and directed their pain fellowship training program and served as associate medical director of the outpatient pain clinics.

She also quickly learned that the epidemic that is the leading cause of accidental death in Tennessee and the United States isn’t an infectious disease – it is opioid overdose. And these opioids come mainly from doctors treating chronic pain. That started her on an odyssey of advocacy, leadership, research, and education to address this issue. She has co-authored guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health, is on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Pain Society, and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally about chronic pain syndromes and alternatives to ineffective opioid-centric management strategies. But it still isn’t enough.

It dawned on her there is a big picture problem with how we all think about chronic pain, and the health care systems in which we work and seek care are not set up to address it. So, her path took another detour to help figure it out. She went and got additional certification in medical acupuncture and yoga, and worked closely with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, to better understand and study “alternative” methods to deal with chronic pain. Now, from this unique vantage point of “East Meets West,” she is working to develop new functional rehabilitation programs going forward, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Instead of solely doing things to patients, like prescribing pills and performing procedures, these programs combine the best evidence and best providers from all approaches to work with people to help reduce medication use and improve pain, sleep, mood, and function…while reducing health care costs. Relief Retreats is that program.

She is also starting a non-profit organization, camPAIN.org, to provide scholarships for patients to attend functional rehabilitation programs nationwide; to advocate for insurers and hospitals to provide these services to everyone who needs them; to educate the public and health care providers about chronic pain both here and abroad; and to further research on effective, non-opioid strategies for managing chronic pain, both here and abroad.

Kerri Weishoff, MS, CCC-SLP
Integrative Health Coach
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Kerri is an Integrative Health Coach, Instructor of Integrative Health and Mind Body Practices Education at UW-Milwaukee and a Speech Language Pathologist. She regularly lectures at local Universities for Healthcare students in the art of listening, presence, power of the mind and resilience. Currently she is lecturing to the Veteran Administration Medical Staff on the benefits of Whole Health In Your Practice with an emphasis on self-care. Kerri has more than 20 years of leadership and rehabilitation experience, including over 15 years studying Integrative Healing Practices. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing Program and currently studying with the Center For Mind Body Medicine.
Kerri provides health coaching to teenagers, university students and adults in the area of everyday life situations, self-care, health and overall well-being. She believes that when people are provided a healing environment in which to share their situation and concerns, they are able to find a new perspective and level of personal empowerment to be with it, integrate it in their life and move forward.
She incorporates self care, mindfulness, guided imagery, breathing techniques, creative healing practices into her sessions.
The goal of her forward thinking, solution-based practice is to guide clients to a fresh perspective and heightened awareness that can lead them to greater personal empowerment and fulfillment to achieve a more balanced, joyful sense of self.

Julia Richard
Physical Therapist
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Julie Richard has been a practicing physical therapist since 1982. She has extensive experience and education in the treatment of spinal and extremity pain in multiple joints and muscles, postural syndromes, arthritis, myalgias and complex regional pain syndromes. Julie utilizes a combination of therapy approaches including, manual therapy, (visceral, myofascial release, desensitization and soft tissue), therapeutic exercises, proper posture, body mechanics, ergonomics, aquatic therapy, cardiovascular conditioning, weight training, McKenzie principles, graded motor imagery and patient education regarding compassionate daily self-care strategies to promote healing. She uses health coaching strategies for individual goal setting with each client, to advance them in reaching their functional daily goals as well as long term ones and to become confident to perform an independent safe home exercise including a fitness program. Julie wants her clients to be educated in the daily healthy movements , proper posture choices and energy conservation strategies they have available to do regularly, as needed, safely, with quality and mindfully working towards their goals. Some of Julie’s strengths are being an active listener, working along with her clients to include their story in the development of their PT treatment plan, looking at the whole person compassionately, using kinesiology in restoring normal movement patterns, being able to provide client education about the physiological benefits of normal movement using visualization and in understanding the fight and flight response, education about neuroplasticity and how to restore and utilize mind-body connections in their healing, all in a safe environment. Julie believes physical therapists are movement specialists.

Julie received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Memphis, Tennessee. She currently is and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association for the past 36 years along with holding memberships in the Aquatic and Orthopedic Sections of the APTA. She currently is and has been a CPR Instructor for the past 27 years and an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA. In recent past, she was a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), 2002-2014.

Tobi Fishel
Psychologist
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Greetings and welcome. I am an integrative clinical health psychologist and co-founder and former director of behavioral medicine at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School.

Recently having moved to the LA area, I am currently working on a book on bringing the sacred back into the healing room, I am a consultant to many academic integrative centers across the country, and I have an active clinical practice.

On the national level, I have been the co-chair of the clinical committee of the consortium of academic health centers of integrative medicine and I have been the psychologist representative for the task force developing core competencies for integrative pain medicine.

With over 25 years of experience working with distressed physicians/healthcare professionals, as well as children, teens, and adults suffering with chronic illness, chronic pain, and other sorts of trauma, I incorporate creativity, mindfulness-based practices, creative arts, narrative therapy, the natural world, spirituality, dream work, play, and group (heart council) work as key elements to easing suffering.

The guiding principle for my work is encouraging a deepening relationship with the innate gifts of one’s own soul and I am honored to accompany so many on their sacred journey.

You can learn more about me here: www.tobifishelsacredjourneying.com

Retreats & Events

Upcoming Retreats & Events to Help You on Your Journey

Let's Begin Your Journey of Healing

We offer a very powerful & transformational 14 day Relief Retreat as well other events. Please contact if you should have any questions or need help in registering.

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Testimonials

Amazing Experiences of Healing & Transformation

My experience with the Relief Retreat in March of 2017 was, in a word, life altering. Suffering with daily chronic migraine pain for thirty eight years has been difficult at best, but with the tools I learned from the practitioners on the retreat, I've found new ways to deal with it.

Breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are all tools I have incorporated into my daily life to make it better. Much better! My life will forever be changed due to Tracy, Tobi, and Julie, and I owe them a debt of gratitude. Also, as of this writing, and thanks to the Relief Retreat, I am opioid free for three weeks and counting!

Mark A.

2017-06-03T15:31:27+00:00

Mark A.

My experience with the Relief Retreat in March of 2017 was, in a word, life altering. Suffering with daily chronic migraine pain for thirty eight years has been difficult at best, but with the tools I learned from the practitioners on the retreat, I've found new ways to deal with it. Breathing, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are all tools I have incorporated into my daily life to make it better. Much better! My life will forever be changed due to Tracy, Tobi, and Julie, and I owe them a debt of gratitude. Also, as of this writing, and thanks to the Relief Retreat, I am opioid free for three weeks and counting!
Before the retreat I would constantly be a 8 to 10 on the pain chart, and if I had an 8 (good) day I would push myself to the point of my body freezing up so I couldn’t move. Then it would take 3 to 4 days before I could even think about functioning. I would go and get epidural injections to help, but that would only last a week at the most. My life was always in chaos, constantly a family crisis, and my husband and I could never get on the same page: They all seemed to have forgotten how much pain I was in, because the way they saw me was my norm, and it became theirs as well. I had pain across my lower back radiating down my left leg with drop foot, as well as pain radiating down my right leg. No only did I have this going on, I started having pain all through my body, knots showing up all down my legs in my shoulders and arms, and nothing was helping. I was on some nerve medication, which seemed to keep me moving, but I would still end up in bed or home most of the time. Walking was totally out of the question. I didn’t want to socialize and was restricted on my activities. I no longer felt safe!

At the retreat, and with the help of the wonderful, loving and caring help of our facilitators, Tracy, Julie, and Tobi, I found that I can find my safe place with the tools that we were taught. I found that stress was a huge factor. And the retreat involved our families, and helped my husband and me to be on the same page again! I am walking daily, and my pain has been close to a 4, more days than not. I can’t tell you how awesome I feel, and how centered and brave I have become! I am so energized with my new love for life and my family, words can’t describe how amazing this is! And when everyone sees m,e and how much I better I feel, and how much my attitude has changed, they want me to help them feel that way as well! Isn’t that amazing! WE HAVE TO DO THIS FOR OTHERS! COUNT ME IN!

Theresa M.

2017-06-03T16:11:03+00:00

Theresa M.

Before the retreat I would constantly be a 8 to 10 on the pain chart, and if I had an 8 (good) day I would push myself to the point of my body freezing up so I couldn’t move. Then it would take 3 to 4 days before I could even think about functioning. I would go and get epidural injections to help, but that would only last a week at the most. My life was always in chaos, constantly a family crisis, and my husband and I could never get on the same page: They all seemed to have forgotten how much pain I was in, because the way they saw me was my norm, and it became theirs as well. I had pain across my lower back radiating down my left leg with drop foot, as well as pain radiating down my right leg. No only did I have this going on, I started having pain all through my body, knots showing up all down my legs in my shoulders and arms, and nothing was helping. I was on some nerve medication, which seemed to keep me moving, but I would still end up in bed or home most of the time. Walking was totally out of the question. I didn’t want to socialize and was restricted on my activities. I no longer felt safe! At the retreat, and with the help of the wonderful, loving and caring help of our facilitators, Tracy, Julie, and Tobi, I found that I can find my safe place with the tools that we were taught. I found that stress was a huge factor. And the retreat involved our families, and helped my husband and me to be on the same page again! I am walking daily, and my pain has been...
My time at Relief Retreat was, in short, life altering. I came back from the retreat feeling for the first time that I could overcome my pain, that I was able to have days without pain. Thinking back on what I learned and the things I gained from this experience brings tears to my eyes, but for the first time in a very long time these are tears of joy. I was asked once about what I was willing to pay in order to have some relief in my daily life. The answer I would give to that question now is whatever would be asked of me. I would gladly spend any sum of money or go into debt for the experience I had and the healing I received. It wasn't just about the topics discussed and the knowledge I gained about my life with chronic pain. I left there with so much more than that. I left with a new family of people who understand. They understand what this pain is like, and how our lives are altered by it every single day. There was true love and compassion felt from every participant and staff member. There wasn't a single moment when I wondered if I should share a struggle or a triumph. It was a safe space and a healing space. Relief Retreat to me is worth everything. It healed my mind so that I can heal my body. I finally feel that I am in charge of my life and not my disease, not my pain. Relief Retreat gave me back my life and for that I am eternally grateful to the people who made that possible. Even though I'm still struggling and have bad days I know that it's possible to have really good ones. And I know I have a family to lean on when I do have days where I am down. That's a gift that you can't put a price tag on.

Deanna S.

2017-06-03T16:03:11+00:00

Deanna S.

My time at Relief Retreat was, in short, life altering. I came back from the retreat feeling for the first time that I could overcome my pain, that I was able to have days without pain. Thinking back on what I learned and the things I gained from this experience brings tears to my eyes, but for the first time in a very long time these are tears of joy. I was asked once about what I was willing to pay in order to have some relief in my daily life. The answer I would give to that question now is whatever would be asked of me. I would gladly spend any sum of money or go into debt for the experience I had and the healing I received. It wasn't just about the topics discussed and the knowledge I gained about my life with chronic pain. I left there with so much more than that. I left with a new family of people who understand. They understand what this pain is like, and how our lives are altered by it every single day. There was true love and compassion felt from every participant and staff member. There wasn't a single moment when I wondered if I should share a struggle or a triumph. It was a safe space and a healing space. Relief Retreat to me is worth everything. It healed my mind so that I can heal my body. I finally feel that I am in charge of my life and not my disease, not my pain. Relief Retreat gave me back my life and for that I am eternally grateful to the people who made that possible. Even though I'm still struggling and have bad days I know that it's possible to have really good ones. And...
I had the amazing fortune to attend the first Relief Retreat. Prior to attending the retreat, most of my time was spent in bed due to pain and the depression which often accompanies chronic pain. Day after day would pass without me leaving my bedroom. My family was extremely concerned, but didn't know how to help. I was then referred to Dr. Jackson for participation in the Relief Retreat. This referral was the beginning of a new life for me!

The retreat taught me proven methods to cope with, minimize, and at times possibly alleviate pain without the use of opioids. Many hours were also spent educating us about pain with information it is impossible to receive in the five minute doctor visits that traditionally take place. I was especially excited to learn how new brain pathways can be formed in regards to pain.

Since returning home from the retreat, I no longer spend all day, every day in bed. I've been able to slowly come down from a 50 mcg pain patch to a 12 mcg patch without significant increases in my pain level. I should be completely off the patch very soon. I'm super excited about this!

The health coach provided during the time since the retreat has been extremely helpful. My coach works to help me set goals for continued health improvement. The once a week conversations have been a way to keep me on track with the things I learned at the retreat while helping me continue with forward movement to better health.

One aspect of the retreat I didn't expect was how impactful it was to meet other people living with chronic pain. Spending 13 days in the middle of "nowhere" with 11 other people experiencing chronic pain, health care professionals who had an unreal desire to help make life better for us, and a couple dedicated to providing a safe healthy place, created an amazing bond. It is an experience I will never forget and an extremely important part of my healing process.

I'm on a journey and the retreat gave me a new path to take. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity I was given. I believe it has been a life saver for me.

Becky C.

2017-06-03T16:08:47+00:00

Becky C.

I had the amazing fortune to attend the first Relief Retreat. Prior to attending the retreat, most of my time was spent in bed due to pain and the depression which often accompanies chronic pain. Day after day would pass without me leaving my bedroom. My family was extremely concerned, but didn't know how to help. I was then referred to Dr. Jackson for participation in the Relief Retreat. This referral was the beginning of a new life for me! The retreat taught me proven methods to cope with, minimize, and at times possibly alleviate pain without the use of opioids. Many hours were also spent educating us about pain with information it is impossible to receive in the five minute doctor visits that traditionally take place. I was especially excited to learn how new brain pathways can be formed in regards to pain. Since returning home from the retreat, I no longer spend all day, every day in bed. I've been able to slowly come down from a 50 mcg pain patch to a 12 mcg patch without significant increases in my pain level. I should be completely off the patch very soon. I'm super excited about this! The health coach provided during the time since the retreat has been extremely helpful. My coach works to help me set goals for continued health improvement. The once a week conversations have been a way to keep me on track with the things I learned at the retreat while helping me continue with forward movement to better health. One aspect of the retreat I didn't expect was how impactful it was to meet other people living with chronic pain. Spending 13 days in the middle of "nowhere" with 11 other people experiencing chronic pain, health care professionals who had an unreal...
The Relief Retreat was a golden opportunity for me to take a step back from my too-busy life and focus on healthier ways to deal with chronic pain. It was a great opportunity to learn a number of strategies for pain management that do not involve opiates ands understand some of the psychological reasons for chronic pain. Most especially it re-humanized me and helped me to realize that the machine-like demands of the modern way we work do not need to negate self care.

Pat M.

2017-06-03T16:10:28+00:00

Pat M.

The Relief Retreat was a golden opportunity for me to take a step back from my too-busy life and focus on healthier ways to deal with chronic pain. It was a great opportunity to learn a number of strategies for pain management that do not involve opiates ands understand some of the psychological reasons for chronic pain. Most especially it re-humanized me and helped me to realize that the machine-like demands of the modern way we work do not need to negate self care.
After 6 years of chronic back pain & 4 back surgeries, I was feeling incapacitated by pain & depression. I was in bed more than not. Dr. Jackson introduced me to the upcoming " Relief Retreat" that addressed pain & was to take place in March, 2017 for 2 weeks. Two weeks sounded like an eternity that I could not manage with my pain, I thought. Even though I was skeptical, after much prayer & encouragement from family, I did go. Thankfully!

Granted I was the oldest one, by far, which I noticed immediately. Our group ranged in age from 71 to 29, and it was actually good that way. I learned in a mixed group that pain happens to us all. The first thing I learned at the retreat was we were all in pain. Feeling great sorrow for seeing others hurting, I quickly realized I wasn’t alone, as I was beginning to feel after so many years in pain & on pain meds. We were taught so many ways to help us manage our pain & by the last week, I was a believer of these methods!! I had proven to myself through these teachings that they worked. Proof, as I had been doing them for 2 weeks with such success!

I used to spend almost all day every day in bed; I'm now out of the bed 90% of the time with my bed made by 7am. I'm participating in life again with family & friends. I incorporate many, many methods I did learn at the Retreat to help me work through my pain & not be identified by it! What can I say? All good!!!

I can only give you my testimonial but it is truth. If you're in pain, in any way, I wholeheartedly would encourage you to attend one of the RR, soon! Our group (from March, 2017) stays connected & encourages each other & the coaching, after going home, is invaluable. YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED!

Julia H.

5.0
2017-06-03T16:05:14+00:00

Julia H.

After 6 years of chronic back pain & 4 back surgeries, I was feeling incapacitated by pain & depression. I was in bed more than not. Dr. Jackson introduced me to the upcoming " Relief Retreat" that addressed pain & was to take place in March, 2017 for 2 weeks. Two weeks sounded like an eternity that I could not manage with my pain, I thought. Even though I was skeptical, after much prayer & encouragement from family, I did go. Thankfully! Granted I was the oldest one, by far, which I noticed immediately. Our group ranged in age from 71 to 29, and it was actually good that way. I learned in a mixed group that pain happens to us all. The first thing I learned at the retreat was we were all in pain. Feeling great sorrow for seeing others hurting, I quickly realized I wasn’t alone, as I was beginning to feel after so many years in pain & on pain meds. We were taught so many ways to help us manage our pain & by the last week, I was a believer of these methods!! I had proven to myself through these teachings that they worked. Proof, as I had been doing them for 2 weeks with such success! I used to spend almost all day every day in bed; I'm now out of the bed 90% of the time with my bed made by 7am. I'm participating in life again with family & friends. I incorporate many, many methods I did learn at the Retreat to help me work through my pain & not be identified by it! What can I say? All good!!! I can only give you my testimonial but it is truth. If you're in pain, in any way, I wholeheartedly would...
The commitment of going away to a relief retreat for 14 days was a tough one for me. When you live in daily chronic pain, you feel as though you are alone in your pain and you isolate yourself. You become fragile. Your home (and your bedroom) become your safe haven. The relief retreat offered ways of coping and living with chronic pain and i DESPERATELY needed a new way of coping with my pain. So i enrolled for the retreat.

For those of us living in daily chronic pain, the pain can slowly start to destroy our happiness, our well being and our livelihood. The relief retreat showed me that there are other people that also live daily in pain and that I am not alone. The retreat was located in a quiet place, deep within mother nature which provided a relaxing and peaceful setting. The retreat arranged informative sessions which included discussions with medical doctors, group counseling, nutritional information, physical therapy, and yoga classes. The medical doctors provided a unique insight of the human body and how it reacts to pain. I learned about the different pathways within the body which are constantly exchanging information between the brain and the body and that these pathways can get 'stuck' in the pain mode. The physical therapist showed me ways to exercise, stretch and take better care of my body (amidst the pain). The group counseling sessions taught me that we each have a strong inner self and that our inner self is not part of our pain. I have now learned how to lean on my inner self during my highest level of pain. The therapeutic and restorative yoga taught me many different breathing and relaxation techniques that can be done in the quietness of my own home (or in a yoga studio). Living with daily chronic pain interferes with a person's ability to be able to naturally relax. The retreat taught me how to calm my breathing and allow my body to relax during my pain. The retreat showed me that we can maintain a calm mind and strong body even in our worst moments of pain.

Although pain will always be a part of my life, the relief retreat has shown me that I can still live my life and LIVE through my pain and not live FOR my pain.

Sherry D.

2017-06-03T16:09:23+00:00

Sherry D.

The commitment of going away to a relief retreat for 14 days was a tough one for me. When you live in daily chronic pain, you feel as though you are alone in your pain and you isolate yourself. You become fragile. Your home (and your bedroom) become your safe haven. The relief retreat offered ways of coping and living with chronic pain and i DESPERATELY needed a new way of coping with my pain. So i enrolled for the retreat. For those of us living in daily chronic pain, the pain can slowly start to destroy our happiness, our well being and our livelihood. The relief retreat showed me that there are other people that also live daily in pain and that I am not alone. The retreat was located in a quiet place, deep within mother nature which provided a relaxing and peaceful setting. The retreat arranged informative sessions which included discussions with medical doctors, group counseling, nutritional information, physical therapy, and yoga classes. The medical doctors provided a unique insight of the human body and how it reacts to pain. I learned about the different pathways within the body which are constantly exchanging information between the brain and the body and that these pathways can get 'stuck' in the pain mode. The physical therapist showed me ways to exercise, stretch and take better care of my body (amidst the pain). The group counseling sessions taught me that we each have a strong inner self and that our inner self is not part of our pain. I have now learned how to lean on my inner self during my highest level of pain. The therapeutic and restorative yoga taught me many different breathing and relaxation techniques that can be done in the quietness of my own home (or...
The Relief Retreat was a much-needed opportunity to direct ALL of my energy toward learning new tools to address chronic pain, practicing those tools and getting direct, expert feedback on how I was approaching my specific situation. The information provided was holistic, balanced and grounded in science. Both Western and Eastern medicine practices were drawn from, allowing the participants to discover what resonated best with them and their particular circumstance. I learned so much during the retreat, and every single day was packed with new knowledge and new practices so I could heal my life. I am thankful that I have all of my notes, my journal and many online and printed resources from the retreat to reference!

I have experienced daily chronic pain for more than thirty years, and it has had a huge impact on my life…. Until now. During the Relief Retreat, I could feel my pain easing steadily as the days progressed. There were many days toward the end of the retreat where my pain was consistently a “2” on a scale of 1-10. I can’t even remember the last time that happened! I was able to relax fully and focus on healing and learning!

The environment at the Relief Retreat was incredibly supportive. I spent every day surrounded by healers - physicians, counselors, physical therapists, massage therapists, etc. - who were completely understanding and totally dedicated to helping me move forward on a path toward better health. The participants were also incredibly supportive and a source of strength for each other. We learned from each other, we shared life experiences, and we were shoulders to lean on when needed. I have never experienced such an uplifting, encouraging and empowering atmosphere.

I consider the Relief Retreat to be the very best gift I have ever given myself, and I am worth it. We all are.

Jill C.

2017-06-03T16:11:34+00:00

Jill C.

The Relief Retreat was a much-needed opportunity to direct ALL of my energy toward learning new tools to address chronic pain, practicing those tools and getting direct, expert feedback on how I was approaching my specific situation. The information provided was holistic, balanced and grounded in science. Both Western and Eastern medicine practices were drawn from, allowing the participants to discover what resonated best with them and their particular circumstance. I learned so much during the retreat, and every single day was packed with new knowledge and new practices so I could heal my life. I am thankful that I have all of my notes, my journal and many online and printed resources from the retreat to reference! I have experienced daily chronic pain for more than thirty years, and it has had a huge impact on my life…. Until now. During the Relief Retreat, I could feel my pain easing steadily as the days progressed. There were many days toward the end of the retreat where my pain was consistently a “2” on a scale of 1-10. I can’t even remember the last time that happened! I was able to relax fully and focus on healing and learning! The environment at the Relief Retreat was incredibly supportive. I spent every day surrounded by healers - physicians, counselors, physical therapists, massage therapists, etc. - who were completely understanding and totally dedicated to helping me move forward on a path toward better health. The participants were also incredibly supportive and a source of strength for each other. We learned from each other, we shared life experiences, and we were shoulders to lean on when needed. I have never experienced such an uplifting, encouraging and empowering atmosphere. I consider the Relief Retreat to be the very best gift I have ever given...
It was an honor and a privilege to be chosen as one of the Relief Retreat participants. The professionals at the retreat were kind, loving souls and they taught me many different ways to live with my chronic pain. Everyone at the retreat suffered from chronic pain which allowed us to become one continuous chain of friends that can never be broken. Learning that I was not alone, that I am not broken, and that I do not need to be fixed, was the most empowering and confidence building two weeks of my life. If nothing else, I learned when my pain level gets out of control (10+), it is the catastrophizing about experiences with other people (or bad childhood memories, or maybe just the events of the day), that makes my pain so unmanageable. Until now! I now know I need to find my feet and feel all four corners barefoot on the floor about a foot apart. I slowly taking a cleansing deep breath raising my arms with my palms reaching up to the sky, and when the breath goes out the palms, I am able to push the pain out of my body. I also do finger yoga which works both sides of the brain. I now understand how I can change my own brain with all of my tools so someday my pain will be much less. I am a work in progress, but I’m getting my tenacious life back and this is due to the tireless work of Tracy, Tobi, and Julie.

Tammie P.

2017-06-03T16:10:01+00:00

Tammie P.

It was an honor and a privilege to be chosen as one of the Relief Retreat participants. The professionals at the retreat were kind, loving souls and they taught me many different ways to live with my chronic pain. Everyone at the retreat suffered from chronic pain which allowed us to become one continuous chain of friends that can never be broken. Learning that I was not alone, that I am not broken, and that I do not need to be fixed, was the most empowering and confidence building two weeks of my life. If nothing else, I learned when my pain level gets out of control (10+), it is the catastrophizing about experiences with other people (or bad childhood memories, or maybe just the events of the day), that makes my pain so unmanageable. Until now! I now know I need to find my feet and feel all four corners barefoot on the floor about a foot apart. I slowly taking a cleansing deep breath raising my arms with my palms reaching up to the sky, and when the breath goes out the palms, I am able to push the pain out of my body. I also do finger yoga which works both sides of the brain. I now understand how I can change my own brain with all of my tools so someday my pain will be much less. I am a work in progress, but I’m getting my tenacious life back and this is due to the tireless work of Tracy, Tobi, and Julie.

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